Anterior Hip
Kelly

Everett, WA

#41 Mar 5, 2012
Jan wrote:
I'm having my right hip replaced tomorrow with Dr. Downer at Swedish Ballard. He's doing the anterior approach. I'm 56, fit and quite active so am looking forward to this procedure for a while.
Jan, best of luck to you tomorrow! My Mom had hers Oct 25th I believe it was? She is doing well with the hip but now having some knee issues which I think can be common. Most likely related to the way she is walking now. Going to see Dr. Downer again on the 19th just to be sure something else isn't going on. She's in her 70's so it could really be anything at this point. But the hip is GREAT!:) take care
Sherrie D

Bellingham, WA

#42 Mar 17, 2012
Hi,
My surgery date is this Tuesday March 20th with Dr. Downer in Seattle Wa. I would love to talk to someone who has had their hip replaced. Getting very nervous about the whole thing.
Thank you.
Kelly wrote:
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Jan, best of luck to you tomorrow! My Mom had hers Oct 25th I believe it was? She is doing well with the hip but now having some knee issues which I think can be common. Most likely related to the way she is walking now. Going to see Dr. Downer again on the 19th just to be sure something else isn't going on. She's in her 70's so it could really be anything at this point. But the hip is GREAT!:) take care
Sherrie D

Bellingham, WA

#43 Mar 17, 2012
Hi Jan,
I am having my right hip replaced on March 20th by Dr. Downer at Swedish in Ballard.
Getting the anterior approach done. I am 54 years old and not looking forward to this procedure. Can you let me know how you are doing?
Thanks Sherrie
Jan wrote:
I'm having my right hip replaced tomorrow with Dr. Downer at Swedish Ballard. He's doing the anterior approach. I'm 56, fit and quite active so am looking forward to this procedure for a while.
Deidra

United States

#44 Mar 19, 2012
Sherrie D wrote:
Hi Jan,
I am having my right hip replaced on March 20th by Dr. Downer at Swedish in Ballard.
Getting the anterior approach done. I am 54 years old and not looking forward to this procedure. Can you let me know how you are doing?
Thanks Sherrie <quoted text>
Sherrie, I am having my right hip replaced by Dr. Benjamin Domb at Good Sam in Downer's Grove in Chicago on March 21st. I will keep you posted as to my progress. I am also 54, having the anterior approach. I have been fairly active up until this point, but then can't sleep at night due to so much pain. Please also post how you are doing. If you wish, here is my home email address. [email protected]

good luck!
Deidra
Carol Lunde

Brooklyn, NY

#45 May 26, 2012
I cannot tell you how happy I am that I decided to go with Dr. Paul Enker... I was up and about within 1 day after surgery. It is 3 months later and I am at the gym and back to normal...
I agree with Betsy. I too had Dr Enker do an anterior hip replacement for me on 3/15/12. I also was up the next day, had an uneventful, and quick recovery.. I just finished out-patient physical therapy and am all back to normal. I had no pain to speak of, didn't need any painkillers after surgery. I am grateful that I found Dr. Enker, and had this procedure. I would recommend him to anybody who needs hip replacement surgery.
Kelly

Lynnwood, WA

#46 May 27, 2012
Sherrie D wrote:
Hi Jan,
I am having my right hip replaced on March 20th by Dr. Downer at Swedish in Ballard.
Getting the anterior approach done. I am 54 years old and not looking forward to this procedure. Can you let me know how you are doing?
Thanks Sherrie <quoted text>
Hi Sherrie, just curious if you had your replacement done with Dr. Downer? Hope all went well for you. My mom had hers in October & is doing really well (except for her knee issue anyway).

Kelly
Becky

Atlanta, GA

#47 Jun 26, 2012
Im 1 year 3 months post op from anterior approach with Dr Downer. He is awesome and I would refer every one to him. I'm doing great. Good luck on your recovery and stay focused.
Kelly

Lynnwood, WA

#48 Jun 26, 2012
Becky wrote:
Im 1 year 3 months post op from anterior approach with Dr Downer. He is awesome and I would refer every one to him. I'm doing great. Good luck on your recovery and stay focused.
So happy for you Becky ;) Thanks for the update.
Becky

Atlanta, GA

#50 Jun 30, 2012
Sherrie
The pain I had prior to Surgery was a differnt kind, following the Anterior THR I felt better each day..I to did staionary bike and pool to strengthen muscles. I did have anemia following, but with some Iron tabs that was resolved.
It sounds like your doing great with your recovery.
Take care you and feel free to ask questions..
Kelly

Lynnwood, WA

#51 Jun 30, 2012
Sherrie D wrote:
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Hi Kelly, thank you for asking about my surgery. I was very bad before with so much pain and walked crooked with a cane. Could not go upstairs at all. Just saw Dr. Downer on Monday and I am doing great at 3 months post op. I did have a difficult recovery at first since I had bone loss of 1/2" in my hip and they had to lengthen my leg. I too have some problems with my knee but is getting better. The physical therapy I did on my own since I have always been healthy and a runner in the past. No cane. I now drive and walk everywhere. Feel fantastic in comparison to my life before. I hope your mom is doing well.
Sherrie, thanks for the update. So happy you are doing well!:)
Kelly

Lynnwood, WA

#52 Jun 30, 2012
Sherrie D wrote:
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Hi Kelly, thank you for asking about my surgery. I was very bad before with so much pain and walked crooked with a cane. Could not go upstairs at all. Just saw Dr. Downer on Monday and I am doing great at 3 months post op. I did have a difficult recovery at first since I had bone loss of 1/2" in my hip and they had to lengthen my leg. I too have some problems with my knee but is getting better. The physical therapy I did on my own since I have always been healthy and a runner in the past. No cane. I now drive and walk everywhere. Feel fantastic in comparison to my life before. I hope your mom is doing well.
P.S. My mom is doing ok but the arthritis in her knees is really taking a toll now :(

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#53 Jul 10, 2012
Becky wrote:
Sherrie
The pain I had prior to Surgery was a differnt kind, following the Anterior THR I felt better each day..I to did staionary bike and pool to strengthen muscles. I did have anemia following, but with some Iron tabs that was resolved.
It sounds like your doing great with your recovery.
Take care you and feel free to ask questions..
Becky
Oh yes the pain before surgery was a different kind of pain. The difficult part was that my knee was not good before surgery since I had developed stretched tendons in the knee that had to rework themselves back to their proper position after surgery. The tightness in the knee is going away.. I did have anemia in the hospital with a high fever. I took iron tabs afterwards which resolved the problem. Today I am feeling really good and it is great to walk, workout, drive and have no pain. Do you have any numbness still in the area where you had the stiches?
Hope you are doing great.
Sherrie
Becky

Atlanta, GA

#54 Jul 10, 2012
Sherrie. I still have numbness on side and around where stitches were. My knee went through a few weeks of swelling, pt told me due to anterior approach being located next to lymphatic system I was shown techniques to increase flow of fluid. Plus our foot is placed in a special table for that approach that rotates our leg, I believe that tweeted my knee, but all is awesome now. Keep in touch K. Take care you &#128522;

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#55 Jul 12, 2012
Kelly wrote:
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P.S. My mom is doing ok but the arthritis in her knees is really taking a toll now :(
Hi Kelly, sorry about your moms painful knees...but I hope her hip is doing well. My mom is also in her late 70's
with painful knees as well. I am doing very good...but still have some swelling and pain in the knee after working out. What did help is massaging the thigh, knee, calf, and below the incision area every night before bed since I came home from the hospital. Still do it. Hope your mom is doing better.
Sherrie :)
Kelly

Lynnwood, WA

#56 Jul 13, 2012
Sherrie D wrote:
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Hi Kelly, sorry about your moms painful knees...but I hope her hip is doing well. My mom is also in her late 70's
with painful knees as well. I am doing very good...but still have some swelling and pain in the knee after working out. What did help is massaging the thigh, knee, calf, and below the incision area every night before bed since I came home from the hospital. Still do it. Hope your mom is doing better.
Sherrie :)
Hi Sherrie, thank you my mom's hip is doing really well. Knees are starting to feel better too BUT now her other side seems to be going out :( She claims she will not be doing another surgery if she can help it. She too has a massage gal & physical therapist she is working with which help a lot.
Take Care, Kel

Since: Mar 12

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#58 Nov 18, 2012
Deidra wrote:
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Sherrie, I am having my right hip replaced by Dr. Benjamin Domb at Good Sam in Downer's Grove in Chicago on March 21st. I will keep you posted as to my progress. I am also 54, having the anterior approach. I have been fairly active up until this point, but then can't sleep at night due to so much pain. Please also post how you are doing. If you wish, here is my home email address. [email protected]
good luck!
Deidra
Hi Deidra, how did your surgery go? I am now at 8 months post op and feel great. Just have some soreness over the top thigh when I work out....My Dr. said it is the muscles and nerves coming back. I also like to push myself in my workouts. No pain in the hip at all. Please let me know how you are doing. Sherrie
Linda

Mount Vernon, NY

#59 Mar 1, 2013
Betsy Evangelou wrote:
I recently had a Anterior Hip Replacement by Dr. Paul Enker from Queens Long Island Medical Group.P.C.
I cannot tell you how happy I am that I decided to go with Dr. Paul Enker... I was up and about within 1 day after surgery. It is 3 months later and I am at the gym and back to normal...
I also had anterior hip replacement in October 2009 by Dr Enker! All I can say is he is amazing! I highly recommend him to anyone in NY
Denise

Redmond, WA

#60 Apr 28, 2013
Jan wrote:
I'm having my right hip replaced tomorrow with Dr. Downer at Swedish Ballard. He's doing the anterior approach. I'm 56, fit and quite active so am looking forward to this procedure for a while.
Hi Jan - I am 51 and facing a hip replacement due to congenital hip dysplasia. I saw dr downer last week for consult and am really encouraged by anterior approach. What was your experience with dr. Downer? I too am active and can't wait to get back to my active lifestyle. I want this surgery ASAP. What can I expect? Thanks for your time!
Sherrie

United States

#61 Apr 28, 2013
Denise wrote:
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Hi Jan - I am 51 and facing a hip replacement due to congenital hip dysplasia. I saw dr downer last week for consult and am really encouraged by anterior approach. What was your experience with dr. Downer? I too am active and can't wait to get back to my active lifestyle. I want this surgery ASAP. What can I expect? Thanks for your time!
Hi Denise, I too had my right hip replaced by Dr. Downer last year March 20th. I agonized over the operation since I have been a runner and very active all my life. I highly recommend Dr. Downer since I researched him and his history of the anterior approach. He is highly skilled in his field and would recommend anyone to have their surgery done by him. Today I am very active and back to everything I did before except running. I do fast walk every day, bike, eliptical trainer, weight training...it's all good. Sometimes I forget that I have a new hip. I live in Bellingham. Let me know how you are doing. You will not be disappointed if you have your surgery done by Dr. Downer. Take care...Sherrie
Kelly

Marysville, WA

#62 Apr 29, 2013
Denise wrote:
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Hi Jan - I am 51 and facing a hip replacement due to congenital hip dysplasia. I saw dr downer last week for consult and am really encouraged by anterior approach. What was your experience with dr. Downer? I too am active and can't wait to get back to my active lifestyle. I want this surgery ASAP. What can I expect? Thanks for your time!
My Mom is in her 70's and had her hip replaced by Dr. Downer 10/2011. She is doing wonderful! Recovery was a little rough for her but I chalk that up to age & medication sensitivity. She is fully functioning and her hip feels great. She did end up hurting her knee after surgery since she was favoring that side but also had that worked on & is fine now. Dr. Downer is one of the best. Although his bedside manner is a little lacking LOL. Good luck!

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